Thank you so much for the comments and emails and gentle empathy yesterday – I’m so very very grateful. After all that build-up, I feel like today’s post might be a letdown with the underwhelming garment, but I’m easing into this project of sewing for myself with McCalls 6241. The version I made requires just two pieces: the front and back. It doesn’t get simpler than this. I’ve made this top before, long ago, but it was a complete wadder because I did a real number on the neckline and hem (such a beautiful ikat print knit too…so sad). I used to be terrified of knits and it showed.
I found that it was incredibly easy and quick to make this time around – I guess the weekly sewing for K has made a huge difference, and I’m definitely more comfortable with a variety of fabrics. There’s something immensely satisfying about measurable improvements, and I believe sewing is one of those crafts that anyone can excel at with enough time and effort.
So here we go:
This is a lusciously soft pink and grey striped knit I got from here. I think it’s a rayon blend jersey (I swear, one of these days I will pay attention to the fabrics). I made view A in size 12, but I probably could have gone down one more size because this knit seems to expand quite a bit.
I don’t normally wear a lot of color. My wardrobe is a sea of grey, black, white, neutrals + jeans. But with this new sewing challenge, I want to start experimenting a little more, though you’ll probably see a lot of neutrals too.
K took these photos and they’re a lot better than my tripod/remote attempts, and she was all over the role reversal, fiercely commanding me to turn this way and that and shouting, “Smile, Mommy! Smile!”
I adore the pleats detail on the left shoulder and really like that it’s asymmetrical. If I found this on the sale rack at Anthropologie or JCrew, I would totally buy it. The length is great, but the gathering that happens sometimes highlights the belly rolls instead of masking them (there is some Herculean stomach-sucking-in going on here – still working on that self-acceptance thing).
All in all though, I think I love this top. Knit, stripes, comfort – the ultimate trifecta! All that’s missing is the glittery, sequined leggings. That’s next week. (Kidding, of course. It’ll be a full body suit of glittery sequins. In highlighter yellow.)